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Every Thursday morning at 9:00 am sharp, on Red Cross street in downtown Wilmington, you will find 2 or 3 other moms and I, along with our kids (when they’re not in school or course) doing what we’ve all come to love every single week; as we get the privilege of serving the local homeless population a hot, homemade with love breakfast.

What we do started out in October of 2010 as a small, simple way to serve and show love by meeting the needs of the less fortunate in our city by offering breakfast one morning a week right out of the back of our cars. From it’s inception, our mission has been more than just about serving them a quick, cold, packaged breakfast. We knew that if we were going to do it at all, we were going to do it with everything we had. You see, our heart is about more than just throwing something at them, instead we purposed that everything we serve would be homemade, fresh and warm.

We serve them a variety of easy to eat, hot, homemade breakfasts each week; along with a fruit, juice as well as a snack and water bottle for them to take with them. Most of them won’t again eat again until dinner – some won’t eat at all the rest of the day.

But even more than just their bellies being fed, we want them to feel loved and cared about through the food and drink we serve by giving them nothing less than the best we have to offer each and every week.

When we first began, we were serving around 10-15 homeless each week, it has currently grown to 30-50 every week and is steadily continuing to grow each week.

As we have gotten to know them, these beautiful people have become so much more than just needy, nameless faces looking for handouts. They have become precious souls, each with a story to tell. I wish so many of you could hear and know their stories and see them as we do.

As we continue to love them genuinely and faithfully, these precious people open up their hearts to us and begin to trust us – something that isn’t always always easy in their way of life, and something that we do not take for granted.
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While taking time to connect with them each week at breakfast, we recently asked them to share some of their most basic and urgent needs with us. This is how they responded:

  • back packs
  • bar soap & soap holders
  • tooth brush & tooth brush holders
  • toothpaste
  • t-shirts
  • underwear / boxers
  • deodorant (male & female)
  • razors
  • shampoo
  • feminine hygiene products
  • shoes (used)
  • socks
  • jeans
  • shower shoes
  • XXL-XXXL shirts (as these are hard for them to find)
  • gloves, hats, blankets, coats (for winter)

In efforts to begin meeting some of their needs, this month we start something new that will take place on the last Thursday morning of every month. Beginning at our regular morning breakfast August 25th, we will be systematically providing as many of them as possible with toiletry bags filled with these items as they are available to us.

But we are just 3 moms, and we certainly recognize that we can’t do this alone. And this is where your opportunity to bless someone else’s life comes along.

These are a few easy ways you could join us!

  1. Donate toiletry or clothing items from the list above (most can be found at the dollar store)
  2. Give of your time by coming personally to help us serve on occasion
  3. Donate breakfast food items, bottled water, fruit, snacks, milk or juice
  4. Cook when available
  5. or donate financially by clicking HERE

Our current financial need to get us through the rest of this year is $1,000 to cover the cost of all food to feed 30-55 per week as well as the supplies for their basic needs once a month. Please consider helping us serve these people in whatever way feel led to. Times are hard and the need is greater than ever.

Would you consider partnering with us to meet the need?

And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” {Matthew 10:42}

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